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Braille version of Gita developed

April 13, 2007 14:57 IST

A braille version of the Hindu devotional and philosophic classic Bhagavat Gita has been developed for the benefit of visually impaired persons by a spiritual institution in Kerala.

The first ever Braille version of the Gita, it was developed with the help of the Association of Blind and software experts, according to Swami Sandeepa Chaitanya of School of Bhagavat Gita.

The two-volume unabridged version in Malayalam Braille covers all the chapters and slokas (stanzas) of Gita.

"It is interesting to note that the Gita opens with Sanjaya describing the scene of the epic Kurukshetra war to the blind king Dhritharashtra. So, it is fair that visually impaired persons in our time should not miss an opportunity to read and grasp this eternal work," Swamy told PTI.

"When you go through the Gita, you can see how precisely graphically Sanjaya describes every minute detail of the scene to a blind person, for him to catch comprehensively in his mind," he said.

The work would be released by Lok Sabha member M P Veerendrakumar by handing over a copy to a visually impaired youth at a function in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.